Meadville Tribune

Local News

October 12, 2013

Conneaut Lake fest turns pumpkin to squash

CONNEAUT LAKE — Children and adults swarmed the aftermath of the Giant Pumpkin Drop in Conneaut Lake Park on Saturday evening, many holding up huge chunks of smashed pumpkin and climbing on the curled-up remains of its target — a white car caved in by the 1,200-plus-pound squash.

Crowds gathered at least an hour before the pumpkin was dropped at least 100 feet by crane, according to event coordinators and members of the Conneaut Lake Area Business Association, Pumpkin Fest sponsor, who believe the high volume of attendance is a testament to the event’s ever-growing popularity.

“Mother Nature was incredibly kind to us this year,” said Judy Hughes, long-time Pumpkin Fest volunteer and coordinator, who announced the event. “I’d say it’s a good day. Busier than in years past.”

Having watched the fall festival grow and outgrow various locations throughout its 23 years of annual celebrations, Hughes said the Pumpkin Fest “certainly proved to be a boon in October to most businesses in the area.”

“Part of the reason CLABA puts this on is because it’s gorgeous here in the fall,” she said. “And it’s one last hit, if you can call it that, before the slow winter season sets in.”

Local cottage owner and Pumpkin Fest regular Paul Hohman of Sharon predicted a good day based on how difficult it was to maneuver through the high volume of traffic surrounding the park.

“(Pumpkin Fest) has grown beautifully,” he said after witnessing the pumpkin demolition. “Where better to be than here? The lake’s a home away from home.”

The 23rd annual Conneaut Lake Fall Pumpkin Fest attracted approximately 150 vendors and is expected to turn out more than 35,000 attendees by the weekend’s close, according to organizers.

Park rides and concessions are operational and entertainment is expected to continue throughout the day with three stages featuring musical acts every hour.

Konstantine Fekos can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at


You can go

The 23rd annual Conneaut Lake Fall Pumpkin Fest continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the second and final pumpkin drop scheduled for 4 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. More information: Visit

Text Only
Local News
Business Marquee
AP Video
Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide